What we're thinking

8.27 August first! The Common App is live

The Big Day has arrived! The Common Application is up and running. Did you turn immediately to this year's prompts for the Personal Statement? Did you race through the prompts and yell, "Number four! I know the answer to that one!" Before you dash off an essay, click...

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8.26 Countdown!

Hey there, you in the pool! That's right: you! Athena Advises Yes, we have one more summerly week before the Common Application for 2017-18 goes live. You could spend the week under water. Or you could check out a few cool moves that will make sure you're in better...

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8.25 What are CEOs reading this summer?

Every summer, McKinsey & Co. interviews a number of CEOs of global corporations to ask what they are reading. This summer, 15 of the world's most powerful business and military leaders named a total of 51 books, ranging over history, politics, memoir, business,...

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8.22 Watch out for that internship

More than once this past week, a student has emailed me to say that they had decided not to complete their college or test prep assignment, because they were too fatigued by their internship or other form of work experience. I understand the temptation to put your...

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8.21 But what about my grades in twelfth grade?

My last newsletter addressed the importance of your grades in ninth, tenth and eleventh grades. Those grades are the academic foundation on which a student applies to U.S. colleges. Does this mean your grades in your final year don’t count? Twelfth grade counts! If...

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8.19 Study in Germany—in English—this fall?

Few university towns are as well-loved as Freiburg, Germany. The picture-perfect university, the lovely surrounding region, the--gulp!--German language! But did you know that the recently-founded program in Liberal Arts and Sciences at University College Freiburg is...

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8.18 Is the end of the semester overwhelming?

Are you about to finish ninth, tenth or eleventh grade? Do you feel like you are up to your ears in end-of-year exams, internal assessments, an overdue proposal for your senior thesis or Extended Essay, the championship sports match, a looming internship--and...

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